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What is our stance on (arguably) unethical questions/answers?

In recent days, we have encountered two instances of postings with questionable moral content. The first instance: a user uses an engine on a chess gambling and still loses, so asks how to better use ...
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Can you restore Abhinav Atul's second reply to Rid Of Addiction question?

In response to a question about how to deal with chess addiction (Rid of Addiction), two sensible and quite original replies by newcomer Abhinav Atul were successively deleted by moderators. The ...
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Should the [handicap], [handicapping], and [odds] tags be merged?

The handicapping tag says: Questions related to handicapping a player in chess The handicap tag says: Games with handicap to compensate for difference in playing strength. For instance "pawn ...
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What to do with questions which are duplicated from another site?

This recent question is identical to a puzzle I posed on Puzzling.SE here. What, if anything, should be done?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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That was quick: “Is Auto Chess good for the future of chess?” closed already. Why?

Is it really the case that just two votes are sufficient to close a question these days? I may not like the subject matter, but it would be a terrible thing if we can't discuss the evolution of ...
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Where is the moderator voting about migrating Finite State Machine question to cs?

EDIT: now fully resolved - see answer Just now a moderator has randomly and I think incorrectly shifted a perfectly decent chess question to computer science. Where is the moderator voting which took ...
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When did the message for a comment about closing a question change?

As far as I know, the auto-comment that pops up when you vote to close a question as a duplicate said something like “Possible duplicate of (link here)”. But this time around it said “Does this ...
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Is this an abuse of power? I believe it is

Moderator Brian Towers in response to the question "New Fritz 17 User" used the term "RTFM" as part of his original answer. In the comments, a user called him out for using a profanity. In response, ...
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What should be done about users who answer too much?

Sometimes, a user may post too many answers, or “absurd” amount sometimes, relatively speaking. But if said user does it on a daily basis? A few of them may he good, but the vast majority of their ...
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Use of “he” when referring to hypothetical chess players - is this discrimination against women?

I've seen the following comment used by a Stack Exchange user on several chess posts. Please don't assume that a chess player must be male. There is too much discrimination against women in chess ...
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Unanswered Questions-Near The End Of An Era

I undertook a mission in the spring of 2019 for this sight-eliminate the Unanswered Questions list down to 0. When I began, there was an absurd total of 75. Now we are down to 23 questions, with a ...
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A list of “unknown” features of the replayer

The site’s replayer is a unique and useful tool, but there are some features of it the seem to a few little known that should be more widely known. While there are questions about how to implement it,...
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Why doesn't the replayer work on Meta?

I get that in general we don't want to be asking chess related questions here, but occasionally a meta question or answer can be illuminated with an example where the replayer or just a diagram ...
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What is our stance on chess riddles?

This question is a chess riddle that seems to have been fairly well recieved, although there is doubt about it being on-topic in the comments. But I haven’t seen anything like it since then. I have ...
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Why close “Variant Chess Effects”?

A newbie's question "Variant Chess Effects" was closed as "opinion-based" by a dogpile of experienced members, and as usual there was no welcome or explanation given. So I really don't understand the ...
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Why is this post marked as off-topic?

The following software related post has been marked as off-topic: How can I set up en passant in Popeye engine? The "specific"? reason given is that "the question does not appear to be about chess ...
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Why do we make small edits to very old posts?

Something I've noticed in the last few days (it's probably been going on longer than that, but a couple days ago it actually bit me, so I noticed it...) - why do we make minor edits (usually small ...
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Is the site going inactive?

I know there are many questions daily, but as someone with the privilege of having access to review queues, this seems concerning. The review queues, whenever I check them, are always completely empty....
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Is there a rule about not using chess engines to answer “what's the best move in this position” questions?

I refer here to tactics positions, where there is a clear winning (like a mate in n moves), not the ones about planning or strategy. The thing is I see people answering questions about tactical ...
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What is the difference between the [problems] and [puzzles] tags?

Both the problems tag and the puzzles tag seem to have very similar definitions, with problems being a little broader - perhaps puzzles ought to be a subset of problems? problems A chess problem ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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How to effectively curate expert content?

This is meant to collect ideas on how non-novices can use this SE with minimal distraction from novice and trivial content (aka fluff). Currently it seems that watch/ignore lists are the only means, ...
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Non-duplicate question closed as such

I've recently seen regarding capitalizing on opponents not knowing their openings. As you can see, it was closed as a duplicate of What is a good way to learn opening theory. While it is true that ...
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Why are there 10 times more questions on English openings than on Reti opening?

I am not sure if this questions will be more suitable for Chess Beta or Chess Meta. To play safe, I am asking it here: At this moment, there are 23 questions tagged as english-opening and only 2 ...
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Reopen question 'Chess principles for beginner'

The question Chess principles for beginner has been closed as too broad, but it is a very precise question about the validity and relevance of a particular set of principles. There is, in my honest ...
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What can we offer that other chess sites don't?

After reading this post about the scope of the site, and also seeing how this other one got closed (see this meta post for discussion), I started to think about what is it really that this site can/...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Chess's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should the [planning] and [strategy] tags be merged?

The wiki for planning reads Questions relating to developing a strategy while in a game The wiki for strategy reads Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess I see ...
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Do we want a reference question about the basic rules of chess?

So I noticed this question about the basic rules of chess has a (current) score of -3, but it has no close votes. I myself can't find an objective reason to close it based on the current standards. ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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What is the point of closing “off-topic” questions?

People often vote to close questions at the intersection of chess with some other discipline, arguing "that's really a [math|programming|etc.] question". Two recent examples are How do you calculate ...
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Is my question unclear?

Psychology (including confidence) is an important part of any competitive activity, especially chess, where nearly the whole competition is in the minds of the opponents. Preparation and practice help ...
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Why is this answer downvoted?

https://chess.stackexchange.com/a/24372/13147 It answers the question.
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Vote to reopen “Carlsen reaching 2900 in classical format?”

I've nominated the above question for reopening. Since it asks "Can" instead of "Will", I don't see it being primarily opinion-based. I believe an acceptable answer would be a matter of calculating ...
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Should the tag “advertisement” be removed?

The tag advertisement has no usage guidance and has no meaningful question tagged under it. Should we remove this tag?
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The case for expanding the scope of Chess.SE

So, I was looking at the Chess.SE site stats today - I found them quite impressive, for the most part. However, one statistic was - ahem - not so great. Area 51 says a healthy beta site has 10 ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Chess Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on June 3 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Should we have a more specific definition of “chess variants”?

So I just ran across this puzzle, which has accumulated several close votes. I've seen other questions (kind of a flurry of questions) related to dobutsu-shogi "variant" of chess that had some ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should different tag be used for questions that are essentially the same but with different move orders?

Say I would like to ask a question about black's options after e4 e5 f4 I would tag my question as "king's gambit" (perhaps with other tags, depending on the question itself). On the other hand, if ...
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Should the tag “Fischer” and the tag “Bobby-Fischer” be merged?

Here is the description of the tag "Fischer": Robert J. Fischer (1943-2008) was an American grandmaster and world chess champion. At the height of his skills (1972) he was peerless. He was known for ...
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How did my question reach 1000 views on a beta site in 9 hours?

I asked this question 9 hours ago and it has more than 1000 views, and this is a beta site. I've earned the popular badge too many times, never in one day as far as I remember, I might be wrong, it ...
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Should questions asking “which side is winning” be closed?

There are many similar questions on Chess SE. Examples are: Who is winning? Who is winning is this game of chess? Who is better here? [hard] Those questions can be easily answered by feeding the ...
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Tag synonym request

I've noticed that new gm tag has been created. I'd like to propose it be marked as a synonym of grandmaster. I do not have the rep to make the change myself.
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To encourage answers in terms of FIDE ratings

Summary: should, and can, answerers and commenters be encoraged to speak in terms of approximate FIDE ratings rather than of "ratings" of unspecified types? Details follow. Answers and comments ...
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Why is my question voted for being duplicate of another totally different question?

My question is flagged as "duplicate" of this question. However, what I ask is: Am I being a stargazer (or simply put, a fool) by attending international tournaments, or can I somehow improve my ...
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Are we about chess engines, chess engine configuration, and similar?

There are a lot of questions about chess engines. How to configure them. What the best ones are. Programming them. It's endless. Are these things about chess, or not. The first several questions, ...
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What are our PGN widget's limitations?

I have recently tried to post an answer containing the code for a PGN widget for a very long chess game (183 full-moves). Every attempt locks up the current tab in the browser. What limit is there, if ...
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Why is this question too opinion-based?

What are the general principles for playing hypermodern against hypermodern? (Or should I not?) Why would answers to a question like this be more opinion-based than, say, a question about opening ...